Saturday, 8 February 2014

Kyrgyzstan Report

Last summer a joint UBES and UBMC expedition comprising of 2 Bristol Alumni and 4 current students traveled to the relatively unexplored Eastern side of Kyrgyzstan. In particular the Djangart valley, which borders with China.

As with all expeditions of this nature there is an awful lot of planning involved and this trip was no exception with grant applications and research being undertaken months in advance.

The expedition lasted just under 3 weeks with a few days spent in the capital Bishkek either side. Whilst in Kyrgyzstan the team encountered multiple challenges from crossing fast flowing rivers and digging latrines through to heated discussions with ex-Russian military helicopter pilots.

It is without doubt that the trip was a success on multiple levels. Seven world first ascents where recorded with all of those above the height of Mt. Blanc (4810m).  In addition multiple further objectives for future teams were identified .3...............

It is also worth noting that an expedition such as this cannot take place with out the generosity of others and their thanks go to: Alpkit, Buff headwear, Berghaus, MEF, the University of Bristol, the Alpine Club and Dicks Climbing.

More information about the expedition can be found on the trips website and in the official trip report: